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More than 80,000 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test since the start of the pandemic, official figures have shown.

A further 1,035 deaths in the UK were reported on Saturday, taking the total by that measure to 80,868.

The number of daily cases of people who tested positive for coronavirus increased by 59,937.

According to Johns Hopkins University, only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico have recorded more Covid deaths.

It is the fourth day in a row that the UK has recorded more than 1,000 daily deaths.

It comes as scientists advising the government have warned that lockdown measures in England need to be stricter to achieve the same impact as the March shutdown.

Ministers have launched a new campaign urging people to act like they have the virus.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace has said the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, received Covid-19 vaccinations on Saturday.

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The Office for National Statistics recently estimated as many as one in 50 people in England had coronavirus between 27 December and 2 January, rising to one in 30 in London.

On Friday, mayor Sadiq Khan said the spread of Covid in the capital was "out of control".

Official figures from Public Health England showed London had the highest regional case rate in the UK, exceeding 1,000 per 100,000 people.